Posts Tagged ‘state general levy’

State Business Property Tax: Flat Levy, Declining Rates

As a whole, the property tax changes enacted in 2001—including the state business property tax—have worked out well for Minnesota businesses, as noted in part 1 of this series. In addition, the cost of eliminating or drastically reducing the state business property tax might not just spend down a surplus, but inflate a deficit, as…

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Are Large Cuts to the State Business Levy Affordable?

The series of tax changes enacted in 2001—which included the creation of a general state business property tax—have worked out well for businesses. The previous article in this series showed that if the changes that most directly pertain to businesses had never been enacted, statewide business property taxes would be 11.5 percent higher today, holding…

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When Winning Big Isn’t Enough

In 2001, business lobbyists worked overtime not only to reduce business property taxes, but also to change to whom businesses pay those property taxes. They argued that local governments were too dependent on business tax base and not enough on homestead tax base. This, they claimed, made it too easy for local governments to increase…

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